Facebook PH Independence Day greeting shows inverted flag
In celebration of our 118th Independence day, Facebook may mistakenly posted and shared an inverted Philippine Flag — with the red rather than blue side on top.
Update: Facebook has apologized for displaying an inverted Philippine flag earlier today in celebration of our Independence day, here is their official statement: “This was unintentional, and we’re sorry. We care deeply about the community in the Philippines and, in an attempt to connect people on Independence day, we made a mistake.”
An inverted Philippine flag has only one meaning — the country is officially at war. According to the Section 10 of the Philippines’ Republic Act 8491 states: “The flag, if flown from a flagpole, shall have its blue field on top in time of peace and the red field on top in time of war; if in a hanging position, the blue field shall be to the right (left of the observer) in time of peace, and the red field to the right (left of the observer) in time of war.” The law covering the national flag also provides penalties such as a fine and imprisonment of up to one year for people found disrespecting the flag.
It definitely must have been an oversight from Facebook’s end, which we are certain they will correct once brought to their attention.